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2016 Judge: Erin Entrada Kelly
Erin Entrada Kelly is the author of Blackbird Fly and The Land of Forgotten Girls. She wrote her first novel, “The Two Orphans,” in fourth grade. The story followed two orphan-BFFs who are adopted by separate families and forced to live apart. Eventually one of their houses burns down and they get to live together again. It’s not as morbid as it sounds. “The Two Orphans” received rave reviews from its entire readership.
About Battle Commander
The Battle Commander is the nom de guerre for children’s literature enthusiasts Monica Edinger and Roxanne Hsu Feldman, fourth grade teacher and middle school librarian at the Dalton School in New York City and Jonathan Hunt, the County Schools Librarian at the San Diego County Office of Education. All three have served on the Newbery Committee as well as other book selection and award committees. They are also published authors of books, articles, and reviews in publications such as the New York Times, School Library Journal, and the Horn Book Magazine. You can find Monica at educating alice and on twitter as @medinger. Roxanne is at Fairrosa Cyber Library and on twitter as @fairrosa. Jonathan can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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